The revolution has finally arrived at my doorstep. The limeys
have gotten their claws into what is best about electronica and
made it wholly their own. As expected, they've outdone everyone
previous and upped the ante. Kasabian are the forefront
of the new electronica - the electronica that rocks your fucking
head off. This is epic rock music presented in an evenly balanced
sonic atmosphere, steering away from the bass heavy four-on-the-floor
of most electronica, and turning instead to real songwriting and
real interactive musical parts.
Drawing from the history of 90's Britpop and recreating it into
their very own iconoclastic musical image, Kasabian is immediately
loveable and easily listenable. "Club Foot" is a legendary
album opener, recalling more of an Oasis style vibe than
even Noel Gallagher can pull out of his arse these days.
"Processed Beats" culls from the soulful and groove-oriented
works of The Stone Roses in their "Fool's Gold"
heyday. "Reason Is Treason" should have been the first
single from this album in my opinion. It's a catchy riff-inspired
piece of rock that will undoubtedly stand the test of time. Catchy,
noisy, and more than a bit hypnotic in it's near-disco produced
drum sounds. Stepping away from the pop ethos into a more abstract
musical concept, Kasabian explore altered rhythmic intercourse,
lush pads, and bleeps and blips of a coarser kind on "I.D.".
"Orange" is a grander interlude, feisty in martial attitude,
which leads nicely into the bright and crisp sound of "L.S.F."
There are no sleepers on this record - only a collection of amazingly
well conceived and recorded songs that will forever alter the
way that rock music comes from across the pond.
So, to summarize: this is the epic British rock of Oasis (and
contemporaries) made for a modern ear. More keyboards, less guitars
but the exact same sense of style, purpose, and indomitable musicianship
that made those bands the crop of greatest musicians since
the Who first began making records and thrashing small clubs.
The blending of musical styles, creating a new sub-genre of Britpop,
is captivating and intoxicating. The musical world will never
be the same.
1. Club Foot
2. Processed Beats
3. Reason Is Treason
6. L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)
7. Running Battle
8. Test Transmission
9. Pinch Roller
10. Cutt Off
11. Butcher Blues
12. Ovary Stripe
13. U Boat
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